Can I use on my layouts a color that is patented by a company?
Let's say that a company logo uses the CMYK value 45 10 26 5 and they've patented that color to be used only and exclusively by them. If my industry activity is different from the company whose color is "patented", can I apply that same color on my logo and graphic materials without any problem?
A real example for that stuff is the discussion around the famous "Tiffany Blue" color patented by Tiffany & Co., according to their press agency, a color to be used exclusively on their packages or gift boxes for the Tiffany's products.
As this is a subject not often discussed, I wanted to know what you think about it.
Thanks for helping!